What’s going on guys welcome back to another content on the Idea Techy website, In this content we’re going to be speaking on the top 10 WordPress plugin, that I regularly use when I’m designing a website. I’m going to be placing links down in the description for each one of these plugins. If you’re reading this content because you’re thinking about building a website or if you’re already in the process of building one. I definitely recommend checking out the other content on my website for building your website. Step by step in these tutorials I walk you through the downloading of all the plugins and themes that you’re going to be needing.
And I show you how to set them all up. Now a plugin that is in my opinion absolutely essential to your website would be any page builder such as elementor or divi. So these are not going to be included in my list. The point of this content is to talk about the top 10 WordPress plugins that I use on a regular basis. And why I recommend using them on your websites as well. We’re going to start with some basic or generic plugins and then as the list goes on we’ll get into some more important and powerful plugins towards the end of the content. I also saved my all-time favorite plugin for the very end. And it’s not one that you would expect so stick around with that being said. let’s get started.
The first plugin that I want to talk to you about is called wp forms. I potentially use wp forms more than any other plugin on this list simply. Because you always need some sort of a call to action or contact form or email enrollment form somewhere on your website. This is a very simple and easy-to-use plugin yet still very useful with the number of capabilities that it has. You can put together some kind of intricate contact form for your business website in the contact section to gather insight on what type of work you’re going to be doing for them. You could insert a weekly newsletter email enrollment into the footer of your website. Using a name and email field to build your email marketing list.
You could have them fill out a simple questionnaire including their number. So you can get in contact with them later. There are so many options that you can creatively use this plugin for. All you have to do is choose your simple contact form template or make a blank form. And then add fields by dragging and dropping them into place. You can specify what type of characters you want entering into a field like numbers or letters and you can also label those fields as well. After that, you can go ahead and mess around with the settings a little bit and you can change where the emails go when clients contact you. Finally, you can insert that form into your website. And completely customize how it looks by using a page builder like Elementor.
Alright guys the next plugin is called pretty links. Now, pretty links is a fantastic plugin that helps with the SEO of your website. But it can also provide more readability and cleanliness to your site as well. Using the plugin you are able to customize. Or rather cloak your page’s URL with another cleaner one. For instance, your URL might look like something like levihagen.com/blog/photography/post-1/4fr56734t43fg45 as well. But you can change it to look like something a little bit cleaner like levihagen.com/dslr and that way your link looks a lot more clean and easy to understand.
In the same way, I usually end up using this plugin for affiliate links and managing many links at the same time. When you receive an affiliate link they usually are filled with a long string of letters and numbers that looks a little bit cluttered. So you can use this plugin to redirect or mask that link with a prettier one.
The next plugin is more important for those of you who are running a blogging website. When you’re constantly giving people other information that they might want to share. But it’s also important for those of you running eCommerce websites. If you’re giving out products that people might want to share with their friends. This plugin is called grow by medicine and it’s a social sharing button plugin that allows you to insert buttons that will share the post or product to social media in a clean and professional way.
Again there are many different uses that I can think of when it comes to social sharing buttons. Maybe you’re a freelancer who has a personal website with a review section. Where people can click on a share button and then refer a friend. Or like I said earlier you could have an eCommerce website and allow people the capability to share a product that they like with their friends. You can get pretty creative with it and it’s very simple to use so I thought it was important to include it on my list.
The next plugin allows you to integrate your Facebook messenger app onto your website. So you can live chat with anybody who clicks on the icon. This way you can create your own Facebook business account and easily message your clients live from your smartphone or computer at any time. And if you get tired of constantly messaging clients you can always hire someone to manage that Facebook page for you in the future. This feature is really unique because people always like fast responses and also talking to a real person.
So providing them with that opportunity to communicate directly with you is invaluable. If you’re a small-time freelancer offering your services you can answer questions and negotiate prices quickly and you don’t even have to be at your computer to do it. After using the plugin for a little bit you can also jump into the settings and customize the direction as well.
Have you ever been on a website that you were about to click the exit button? But then a pop-up display is over the website saying something like before you go do you want to sign up for our weekly newsletter to stay up to date and then whatever. Well, you’re able to do that with your website as well. With a plugin called ice cream, you can choose from tons and tons of different templates for header banners or call-to-action pop-ups to insert into your website and then you can further customize them after selecting one.
You can display a banner across the top of your website mentioning a store-wide 30% discount for some kind of a holiday sale. Or you could offer an email subscription to your weekly newsletter for your blog. There are tons and tons of ways that you can use this plugin to grow your email list and yield additional conversions for your website. I’ve used this plugin many times before with moderation. But I definitely think it’s a great addition to your business.
All right let’s talk about security for your website for a second. Now it’s widely known that securing your website from malware and hackers is absolutely essential. At least I hope so. But in any case, definitely need to take steps towards protecting your website from intrusion. And for this, I definitely recommend the word friends security plugin. WordFence security will fortify your website with firewalls and malware scans. And it also includes things like blocking live traffic login security and much more. Now an important distinction is I’m a web designer definitely not a cybersecurity specialist.
So I don’t know exactly how most of this works. But I know the basics of how a firewall works. I just don’t want to get into it in this content that’s for you to do your own research if you’re interested. All I know is that WordFence has over 4 million active installations. And it’s arguably the most trusted and widely used security plugin for encryption and firewall defense for your website. I typically leave all of that to the experts so I just download the plugin and check it often. I would recommend that you do the same.
The next plugin that I want to talk to you guys about is the google analytics dashboard for WordPress. If there’s the golden rule in website management it would be paying attention to your metrics. I cannot stress that enough or how important it is to actually pay attention to the traffic that comes into your site and also where it’s coming from. It’s absolutely crucial. Now that being said if you already check up on your metrics. You’re most likely using google analytics because it’s free and incredibly easy to use. Just go to analytics.google.com and you can hook it up to your website. What this plugin allows you to do is take a summary report of your analytics and post them on your actual WordPress dashboard.
So that you’re constantly up to date on what’s going on with your website. In addition, this can also help when you deliver the website to a client for instance that they have easy access to the website’s metrics right there on the dashboard because you’ve already placed it in front of them. Some of your clients might not even know how to log into google analytics so having it right there can make things a lot more user-friendly. After you install and activate the plugin you have to log into your google analytics account and pull some special access code to copy and paste into the plugin settings. Once you do that you’ll have live metric updates on your dashboard simple as that.
Right everybody this next plug that I’m going to talk to you about is probably the largest and most powerful of all the plugins on this list. The amount of capabilities customization and power it gives you is just incredible. If you’re looking to make money online by selling products either via drop shipping or managing your own product but you don’t want to pay for a Shopify subscription or something of that nature. Then all you have to do is build a free website and download woocommerce which is an extension to that website that comes with tons and tons of pre-made templates. After selecting a template from the many different choices that you have you can go in and edit each individual page using a page builder like elementor and completely customize your site.
Now using this plugin you’ll be able to add products to your website set up a checkout process set up different payment methods and shipping methods. You’ll be able to discount products and create coupons and much much more. This is an incredibly powerful tool that you can use to build your eCommerce store and business. I definitely recommend doing some research and checking it out. Also important to mention that woocommerce is arguably the top eCommerce plugin when it comes to WordPress with millions of active installations. So I strongly recommend going ahead and checking this one out.
This next plugin is a really powerful addition that you can use to integrate with woocommerce. The previous plugin that we just talked about. Carflows is a plug-in that works well with elementor and woocommerce to create customizable sales funnels for your business. Upon installing and activating cart flows you have access to a very large repository of templates where you can customize your very own sales funnel by putting together a series of pages connected for a customizable checkout process. When you download a template it inserts a series of pages that you can customize with a page builder like elementor.
Where you can create a landing page that leads to a checkout page that leads to a thank you page or an upsell page or whatever-related products that you want to show. If you’re already interested in woocommerce and you’re trying to sell products online. I would definitely strongly recommend checking out cart flows as well. Because it’s a very powerful tool in generating those leads and sales. I’ve used it many times now and I think it’s very capable. If you don’t know what sales funnels or sales flows are I would definitely encourage you to do a little bit of internet searching to learn about it especially if you’re looking to make an online business.
WHITE LEVEL CMS
Right everybody so the last plugin that I want to talk about is probably one of my favorite plugins out of the entire list and it’s called a white label. This plugin is incredibly powerful. It has a lot of functionality to it. It allows you to completely customize the back end of your website and login screen in case. You have like a membership-based product service where they actually have to log in using WordPress. When you’re in the process of delivering a website to a client you can completely customize the backend dashboard of the website. And by this, I mean the WordPress dashboard. Using the page builder elementor to make it much easier for your client to understand. You can also place a contact form from wp forms for instance right in the dashboard.
So that your client can email you anytime they have a question regarding their admin privileges on the website. Not only can you customize the dashboard the same way you could customize a web page and make it look fantastic. You can also customize the login page. When you type in the domain name with wp-admin behind it and it takes you to the WordPress login this is what you can customize. So instead of this it’s rather plain it can look a little something more like this looks a little bit better. That way every time your client logs into the back end of your website you just created for them. You can place their company logo and also an appropriate image and theme to it.